No NBA team is perfect, and heading into training camp, all 30 squads have at least one cause for distress.
For some, injures will be a concern. The Minnesota Timberwolves found that out during 2012-13, and the Los Angeles Lakers were right there with them.
For others, chemistry could be trouble. The Detroit Pistons did everything in their power to acquire talent in free agency, and while they clearly succeeded, we don’t yet know how they’ll jell once the season tips off.
Even the long-term prospects of impending free agents can be problematic for certain front offices. The Miami Heat should be looked at as the favorites entering the new year, but with question marks surrounding LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the organization can’t ignore the situation and hope it resolves itself.
The tricky part isn’t identifying the concern—it’s finding a remedy. Not all problems can be solved during training camp, which means the regular season could be laced with negative storylines regardless of what the win-loss column says.
Very few problems are unfixable at this point, but the sooner they’re addressed, the better.